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55th Academy Awards

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Produced by  Howard W. Koch
Best Picture  Gandhi
Most nominations  Gandhi (11)
Other ceremonies  1982, 1984
Site  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion
Directed by  Marty Pasetta
Most awards  Gandhi (8)
Date  11 April 1983
Director  Marty Pasetta
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Hosted by  Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau
Location  Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, California, United States
Hosts  Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, Walter Matthau

The 55th Academy Awards were presented April 11, 1983 at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles. The ceremonies were presided over by Liza Minnelli, Dudley Moore, Richard Pryor, and Walter Matthau. The awards were dominated by the Best Picture winner Gandhi, which won eight awards out of its eleven nominations.


Louis Gossett, Jr. became the first African-American actor to win Best Supporting Actor for his performance as the tough and principled drill sergeant Emil Foley in An Officer and a Gentleman.

Meryl Streep won her first Best Actress award. She had been nominated the year before for The French Lieutenant's Woman and would be nominated another thirteen times in the next thirty years. Streep had previously won the Best Supporting Actress award in 1979 for Kramer vs Kramer.

This marked the first of 28 consecutive years where a Barbara Walters interview special aired before the ceremony. Walters had previously aired an interview special in 1981 and in subsequent years, her special aired prior to the Academy's formal broadcast of celebrities walking the red carpet.


Winners are listed first, highlighted in boldface, and indicated with a double dagger ().

Honorary Academy Award

  • Mickey Rooney
  • Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award

  • Walter Mirisch
  • Presenters and performers

    The following individuals, listed in order of appearance, presented awards or performed musical numbers.


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